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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Little Red Schoolhouse

Melbourne Florida's First School

 
 
Little Red Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barbara Vail, March 7, 2009
1. Little Red Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. Melbourne's oldest surviving schoolhouse built 1883 by John Goode at his house on the river. Both black and white students, attended 5-6 summer months, sat on benches. Wrote on slates, drank from well near by. Bought by South Brevard Historical Society and moved to FL Tech 1970.

Marked 2005 Abigail Wright Chamberlin, Daughters of American Revolution & South Brevard Historical Society
 
Erected 2005 by Abigail Wright Chamberlin, Daughters of American Revolution & South Brevard Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 28° 4.012′ N, 80° 37.345′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Touch for map. This marker is located in the Botanical Garden of Florida Tech (formerly called Florida Institute of Technology). The garden is open to the public free of charge and can be reached from a Florida Tech parking lot on Babcock Street. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Florida Institute of Technology ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of First Permanent Log Cabin
Melbourne's First School sign image. Click for full size.
By Barbara Vail, May 24, 2011
2. Melbourne's First School sign
Sign posted near Little Red Schoolhouse. It reads:

Melbourne’s First School
This building was erected in 1883 by John Goode, an early settler, about 800 yards south of his home, called Fountain Heights, on the Indian River. This area is now South Riverview Drive.
The schoolhouse served both white and black students and the first two teachers were Maude Goode and May Valentine.
The School was painted red from the very beginning. A hand-operated pump stood outside the door and long benches served as the only seats inside. There were no desks. The students wrote on slates. The school term was only about five or six months in the summer time.
( approx. 0.8 miles away); Holy Trinity ( approx. 0.9 miles away); Lincoln Hotel ( approx. 0.9 miles away); Henegar School Complex ( approx. 1.1 miles away); Union Cypress Sawmill ( approx. 1.1 miles away); Tin Can Tourist Campground ( approx. 1.2 miles away); Melbourne Public Library ( approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the school house building. A similar marker is located on a sign near the school house.
 
Additional keywords. Florida
 
Categories. Education
 
Little Red Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barbara Vail, June 5, 2011
3. Little Red Schoolhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2012, by Barbara Vail of West Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2012, by Barbara Vail of West Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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